Maryland will face Alabama, last season’s NIT runner-up, in the first round of the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 17, ESPN officials announced Wednesday.

Each team in the eight-team tournament will play three games over four days. Maryland’s half of the draw also includes Colorado and Wichita State, where Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon was head coach from 2000-2007.

Maryland won the Puerto Rico Shootout in 1998, the Terps’ only previous appearance in the tournament.

The complete schedule is below:


(All times Eastern)

Thursday, Nov. 17

Temple vs. Western Michigan, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)

Purdue vs. Iona, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

Maryland vs. Alabama, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wichita State vs. Colorado, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Friday, Nov. 18

Temple-WMU winner vs. Purdue-Iona winner, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

Temple-WMU loser vs. Purdue-Iona loser, 3:30 p.m.

Maryland-Ala. loser vs. WSU-Colorado loser, 6:30 p.m.

Maryland-Ala. winner vs. WSU-Colorado winner, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20

7th-place game, 11:30 a.m.

5th-place game, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)

3rd-place game, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Championship, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)